Diversity Edge Opportunities

For the Diversity Edge, you will need a 100 hours that must include a combination of international and domestic diversity (a minimum of at least 20 hours in each area).

Movies only count if there is a formal discussion afterwards.

You can log 30 hours for language classes, including sign language.

Possible Citizenship or Diversity (International) Edge Hours

Interested in volunteering or studying abroad?  Check out what trips are being offered now.

Possible Citizenship or Diversity Edge Hours

The Upper Peninsula Children’s Bereavement Network is a non-profit organization that sponsors an annual camp for children grieving the death of a loved one. Camp STAR (Sharing Together and Remembering) will be held August 7-10 at Bay Cliff Health Camp. Camp STAR aims to reach grieving children in the Upper Peninsula offering support and hope during a difficult time. The camp works with children ages 8-16. While attending Camp STAR, children learn healthy grieving habits and positive coping skills. They will be surrounded by their peers with similar feelings and confide in a camp buddy who listens to their needs and concerns. We also have high energy activities like hiking, water sports, sports, campfires and therapeutic activities which facilitate talking, sharing and fun.  To be successful and provide children with the best possible experience, we need camp buddies. We are recruiting responsible, reliable young adults that are 18 to 25 years old to be paired up as a buddy for each of our campers. We are also looking for volunteers to help with groups, crafts, transportation, computer work, preparing for camp and many other little things that make a camp run. If you or anyone you know would like to help be part of Camp STAR, please fill out the application along with one reference letter and mail to: PO Box 878, Marquette, MI, 49855 or contact us for more information.  Please send a photo of yourself and 3 references with your application.  Contact Martha at upcampstar@gmail.com for more information or visit http://upcampstar.org/index.html (under the Get Involved tab) to apply.

Possible Diversity (Domestic), Leadership, or Real World Edge Hours

Are you looking for a chance to experience the other side of health care?  If so, please contact Upper Peninsula Home Health and Hospice, to learn about a variety of opportunities available. You can contact our Volunteer Coordinator today at 906-225-4545, e-mail us for more information at lilahn@uphomehealth.com, or follow our efforts at www.facebook.com/uphomehealth.

Our Program:

Our hospice volunteers program offers several different types of opportunities ranging from direct companion/family support volunteers, special service volunteers, special project volunteers and even group opportunities.  Those who choose to work with our hospice patients directly will work in a variety of different settings that may include the patient’s personal homes, local hospitals, nursing homes, assisted livings, and memory care facilities.

As a volunteer with our hospice program, you will discover flexibility, specialized training and opportunities for personal growth.  Our team approach supports your role in making a difference in the lives of our patients and their families.  You will also find the support of our Hospice Foundation which provides resources for volunteer projects and our Make-a-Memory Program.

Current Opportunities:

Companion/family support volunteers work to provide support directly to patients and families.  To ensure that all volunteers are equipped for the challenge of working with those dealing with a life limiting illness, we require that volunteers complete orientation and training sessions.  It’s important that volunteers understand the philosophy of hospice and are aware of the specific ways we work to serve the community.  Volunteers spend their visits being present, listening, helping with errands or light household tasks or providing short respite opportunities for caregivers.

Special service volunteers are able to share their special skills of music or art therapy, massage therapy, and reminisce therapy.  If you have any talents you would like to share, contact us today.

Special project volunteers groups help with special projects that are vital in providing indirect support to our patients and their caregivers.  Many of these groups consist of resident volunteers from the local assisted living and nursing facilities.  Projects include but are not limited to:  heated comfort bags, fleece tie blankets, recipes-in-a-jar/horticulture therapy kits, and cards, letters and flowers.

Group volunteer opportunities exist for your group, club, or organization to become involved with hospice.  Upper Peninsula Hospice will provide an informative presentation or on-site training for any interested group.

To inquire about volunteer opportunities call our volunteer coordinator at 906-225-4545 or check us out at www.facebook.com/uphomehealth.

Possible Diversity Edge Hours - Domestic

NAS 101 - Anishinaabe Language, Culture & Community I 
An introduction to Anishinaabemowin language including grammar, vocabulary, idioms and syllabics.  Students will learn to read, write and speak basic Anishinaabemowin.  This course also promotes the preservation of Anishinaabe culture by examining various facets of Anishinaabe everyday life and contemporary issues

NAS 102 - Anishinaabe Language, Culture & Community II 
An in-depth study of Anishinaabemowin language.  This course is a continuation of materials introduced in NAS 101.  Students will focus on higher-level use of the language and will apply it in situations related to contemporary Anishinaabe cultural issues and community structures.

NAS 212 - Michigan and Wisconsin Tribes, Treaties and Current Issues (Education and Political Science)
Examine the 23 federally recognized tribes of Michigan and Wisconsin.  Questions to be explore - how have treaties between tribal nations and federal government shaped history in this region?  What is sovereignty?  What are treaties and what treaties impact this region?  Discussions may also include tribal enterprises, urban Indian communities, and timely issues that arise in the news.

NAS 280 - Storytelling by Native American Women 
This course examines a myriad of historic and contemporary aspects of native life through the eyes and stories of Native American women.  Subjects include customs, culture, family, generations, mothers, daughters, grandmothers, art, education, fiction, poetry, political activism, and spirituality.

NAS 315 - History of Indian Boarding School Education (Anthro, History, Sociology)
The history of the initiation, development, alteration, and demise of the federally mandated Indian boarding school education experience in the U.S. and Canada. Intergenerational and contemporary repercussions, both positive and negative, within indigenous societies are considered.

NAS 320 - American Indians:  Identity and Media Images (English and Oral Traditions)
An analysis of the identity and images of American Indians portrayed within the historic and contemporary media.  Perpetuation of stereotypes and appropriates or distorts cultural images, symbols, beliefs, stories and contributions by native people to the media will be explored.

NAS 330 - Native Cultures and the Dynamics of Religious Experience
An examination of the traditional philosophies of the native peoples in the Great Lakes region as well as an exploration of how Christianity has influenced native peoples and communities.  Students will learn about the historical impacts, positive and negative, that organized religion has had on Indian country.

NAS 340 - Kinomaage - The Earth Shows Us the Way
Kinomaage, when translated, is "Earth shows us the way."  Students will examine various plants of the Northwoods that have been traditionally used by the Anishinaabeg.  Students will also examine the close relationship between Anishinaabeg peoples, culture, and the Earth while comparing that relationship to modern day society's view of the environment.

NAS 342 - Indigenous Environmental Movements
An exploration of the historical and cultural foundations of the paradigms that led to the ecological exploitation of Indigenous lands.  Students will examine how Indigenous cultures today are resisting domination and working to regain, protect and nurture their lands, the planet, and their ways of life.

NAS 420 - Issues within the Representation of American Indians (Anthro, History, Sociology)
The histories, legacies and continuing debates regarding the display of Native Americans and especially how representations of Indians may reflect colonialist attempts of appropriation, marginalization, and erasure of indigenous cultures as well as Native American resistance, accommodation, and celebration.

NAS 485 - American Indian Education
Students will explore significant American Indian education policy from pre-colonial times to the present day.  Students will investigate treaties with educational provisions, current U.S. federal Indian education law; standards-based reform and Native American inclusion.  Through online chat rooms, students will discuss these issues with individuals from different parts of the world.


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